Current Issue #488

Charlotte Dalton takes out Hot 100 Wines

Adelaide Hills’ Charlotte Dalton Wines is this year’s winner of Hot 100 Wines, as the label’s 2018 Eliza Pinot Noir is South Australia’s most drinkable wine of 2018/19 according to the Hot 100 judges.

The winning Pinot Noir is one of eight Adelaide Hills wines to make the top 10. It was labelled “stunning” by the Hot 100 judges. Based in Basket Range, Charlotte Dalton Wines is the label of winemaker Charlotte Hardy who recently won Best in Show at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show with Charlotte Dalton’s 2017 Love Me, Love You Shiraz.

The Hot 100 judges were blown away by Charlotte Dalton’s Eliza Pinot Noir saying, “this ethereal wine drinks beautifully now and will develop into something even more special after time in the bottle” and that the “winemaker’s soft touch helps the wine glide seamlessly across the palate, like an unseen hand taking you to the promised land of flavour”.

Charlotte Dalton’s Pinot Noir was one of more than 1200 wines entered into this year’s Hot 100 Wines, which for the last 12 years has discovered South Australia’s most drinkable wines of the year. Kangarilla Road’s 2015 The Veil was judged the second-best wine of 2018/19 while Murdoch Hill’s 2018 Ridley Pinot x Three rounded out the top three. The top 10 is below.

Also announced on the night was TAFE SA’s New to the Game award, which was won by Sherrah Wines for their 2017 Shiraz while Stephen Roy won JamFactory’s Drink Dine Design Award with his Bell Dining Table.

The Hot 100 Wines magazine – with the complete list of 100 wines – will be available to pick up for free in the city and in the wine regions in the coming weeks.

  1. Charlotte Dalton Wines
    2018 Eliza Pinot Noir
    Adelaide Hills
  2. Kangarilla Road
    2015 The Veil Savagnin
    McLaren Vale
  3. Murdoch Hill
    2018 Ridley Pinot x Three
    Adelaide Hills
  4. Gentle Folk Wine
    2018 Blossoms Pinot Noir
    Adelaide Hills
  5. Shottesbrooke
    2017 Single Vineyard Series Chardonnay
    Adelaide Hills
  6. Loom Wine
    2017 Soaring Kite Pinot Noir
    Adelaide Hills
  7. Hentley Farm
    2017 Tempranillo
    Barossa Valley
  8. Murdoch Hill
    2017 Pinot Noir
    Adelaide Hills
  9. CRFT Wines
    2018 The K1 Vineyard Gruner Veltliner
    Adelaide Hills
  10. Piccadilly Vineyards
    Piccadilly Circus 2016 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling
    Adelaide Hills


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